Fifteen years after its impressive premiere, Disney's stage show Mary Poppins returns to its original home, the West End's Prince Edward Theatre, for summer 2019. The new production will take over from Disney's Aladdin (which closes after a three year run) and will follow the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns film, which is set to be a hit over this Christmas.
This new stage production of Walt Disney's beloved film will feature West End darling Zizi Strallen (Strictly Ballroom, Follies, Cats) as the magical nanny, who floats down on her umbrella to bring love, laughter and lots of adventure into the lives of the Banks family. Having already played Mary Poppins to glowing reviews on the show's recent international tour, Strallen is a solid choice to embody the part made famous by Julie Andrews.
Fresh from an award-winning stint on Broadway, rising star Charlie Stemp will play charming chimney sweet Bert.
'I’m thrilled to be bringing the internationally acclaimed new staging of Pamela Travers’ magical stories back to London in the autumn of 2019, with Disney, featuring the dazzling talents of Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp,' says producer Cameron Mackinstosh. 'The original production, over 14 years ago, only played London and Broadway and subsequently was revised and continues to be staged around the world with phenomenal success.'
The creative team behind this new production boasts some of British theatre's mightiest talents, with former head of the National Theatre Richard Eyre directing, and multi award-winners Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear choreographing. Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes adapted PL Travers' original story of a nanny with magical powers, and the 1964 Disney film this adaptation inspired was adapted for the stage.
With a score full of Disney favourites including 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and 'Let's Go Fly a Kite', and a production that uses innovative staging to mimic flight, floating and enchantment, Mary Poppins on stage promises to be practically perfect in every way.
Tickets for Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre will go on sale in January 2019. In the mean time click here to register for news and priority booking information.
|What||Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre London|
|Where||Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
01 Aug 19 – 01 Aug 20, From summer 2019, dates to be confirmed
|Website||Click here for more information|